FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
3rd November 2014
PLEASE LET’S MOURN THE PRESIDENT WITH DIGNITY
Fellow country men and women I am passionately appealing to each and every PF member to search their hearts and see if what they are doing right now shows respect to the late President HE Michael Sata.
The events that are unfolding right before us this evening after acting president Guy Scott fired Edgar Lungu and replaced him with Chipili MP Davies Mwila, leading to PF cadres and students reportedly demonstrating against that decision must stop forthwith. This is a direct dishonour to the late President HE Michael Sata. I am appealing to PF leaders starting with acting President Guy Scott to show restraint and leadership in this trying time. I am also calling on every Zambian to make it their duty to safeguard the integrity and reputation of Zambia. What is happening has the potential of sending a wrong signal to the rest of the world especially that Zambia has a global reputation of being an oasis of peace and has always managed transitions with dignity and admiration.
There are visitors who are on their way to Zambia to mourn the late President with us, let us not make it difficult for visitors to commiserate with us. My heart bleeds to see that confusion seems to be engulfing the ruling party even before President Michael Sata is put to rest. I urge all Zambians from all corners of the country to put aside their differences and mourn the departed leader with dignity. There is time for everything; we shall have time for politics but right now lets mourn our departed elder. I am not asking for too much just 14 days country men and women.
We are slowly forgetting the basic fundamentals that bring us together, Ubuntu and Christianity. Please fellow countrymen and women let us get back on track. Let good prevail over evil. His Excellency President Sata was a national asset and we should not allow a few people to desecrate and disgrace his funeral.
My call is simple, Zambians let us put our differences aside until at least the 12th November 2014 and direct all our energies towards this one common tragedy. Let us join hands and mourn our President in peace and harmony. I am pleading with all well-meaning Zambians to kindly take heed and not lose focus on the matter at hand. Dr Kaseba, the children and grand-children need us now to be by their side and support them through this difficult time and not abandon them because of political expediency.
May the soul of President Sata rest in peace.
I thank you